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Arkansas Razorbacks News: On the Doorstep of March Madness

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Plus Paul Rhodes’ work to raise awareness against Alzheimer’s continues in Ames.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

With just one day until March officially begins, Arkansas is right on the edge of a remarkable turn around right into the NCAA Tournament. Now on their five game winning streak, Arkansas isn’t quite there yet but they are right on the edge of punching their ticket to the big dance. With a couple of games to go the general feeling is that one more win against anyone will put the Hogs in, get a win in Gainesville and the discussion changes to what seed they can climb too. But for right now, Arkansas sits on right at the edge of a successful season.

Arkansas’ five game winning streak hasn’t just happened by accident. Every college basketball season has peaks and valleys and the Razorbacks are hitting a peak at just the right time. The narrative of this season has changed from one of disappointment to one of resiliency as highlighted here. Things have gotten so successful recently even Bret Bielema is paying attention.

Motivation comes in many forms for all people, Paul Rhodes got motivation from his mother. who died in 2011 after dealing with Alzheimer's at the end of her life. Here is a fantastic look at Rhodes becoming involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and his efforts to help raise money for them. He was very involved with the organization while at Iowa State, and his efforts continue even though he is no longer working there.

The NFL Combine is about to get started, and for eight Razorbacks, its the chance to make the jump to the next level. Eight Hogs being at the combine is the most since 2008 when a group headlined by Darren McFadden made their way to Indianapolis. Not all eight are expected to be drafted, but it could still be a very good year in the draft for Arkansas.

Arkansas baseball has held serve in their first two weekends, going 6-0 against Miami (OH) and Bryant. That was good enough to sneak into D1Baseball’s top 25. The Hogs sit at 24 but this week have their first big tests. Unfortunately, the Hogs lost their first game of the season Tuesday night at Louisiana Tech, and then Arkansas heads to Frisco and hopes for better agianst Arizona, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State.